Latest Identec Solutions remote container monitoring system gains NavisReady validation

Port and container terminal process automation specialist Identec Solutions has secured NavisReady validation for its latest wireless remote refrigerated container monitoring system.

The award confirms that release 7.4 of the company’s CTAS Reefer system is compatible with the Navis N4 2.6 container terminal operating system, without additional modifications.

Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, provides operational technologies for many of the world’s leading container terminal operators. The Navis N4 TOS enables terminals to optimise their operations and move cargo quickly, efficiently and accurately. More than 200 terminals worldwide have committed their operations to using N4.

Navis has designed NavisReady for its technology partners to test and validate that their solutions are compatible and integrate seamlessly. The program ensures that hardware and specific messages have been tested and that they have been integrated with specific versions of N4 in a simulated environment. Identec Solutions has been a NavisReady partner since April 2012 and this latest validation extends the relationship.

Identec Solutions AG is a global provider of wireless solutions that improve efficiency, safety and security in harsh operating environments including oil and gas, tunnels and mining, and ports and terminals. Its technology is designed to help ports and terminals automate reefer, yard, gate and quay crane processes, delivering proven benefits such as reduced dwell times, faster horizontal-to-vertical move hand-offs and no lost containers.

Officially launched in June 2014, CTAS Reefer gives container terminal operators full visibility and control over reefer traffic management from in-gate to out-gate. Suitable for use in stack, rack and chassis operations, the system allows terminal operators to remotely monitor reefer temperatures in real time, as well as to adjust set points, perform automated pre-trip inspections (PTIs) and download data logs.

Data is captured by purpose-developed ‘plug and play’ long-range active RFID tags, which connect to the reefer machines via Identec Solutions’ industrial wireless technology, developed for harsh industrial environments. The system has been installed at Long Beach Container Terminal, USA; Port of Cartagena, Colombia; SSA Mexico; TecPlata, Argentina; APMT Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria; King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia; New Orleans, USA; and Karachi International Container Terminal, Pakistan, among others.

CTAS Reefer was designed with a specific focus on the reefer container process in a container terminal. The system facilitates different data feeds, easy integration and support for other business applications. This includes real-time synchronisation with terminal operating systems such as Navis N4 to execute and complete reefer jobs.

Key operational features include a touch-optimised user interface to give staff quick access to all internal work orders and an alarm module to raise awareness of reefers requiring attention. Management features include a built-in audit trail and the ability to use reefer data stored in the system to optimise internal processes.